Extreme sports are good for your health : a phenomenological understanding of fear and anxiety in extreme sport

Brymer, Eric & Schweitzer, Robert (2013) Extreme sports are good for your health : a phenomenological understanding of fear and anxiety in extreme sport. Journal of Health Psychology, 18(4), pp. 477-487.

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Extreme sports are traditionally explored from a risk-taking perspective which often assumes that participants do not experience fear. In this paper we explore participants’ experience of fear associated with participation in extreme sports. An interpretive phenomenological method was used with 15 participants. Four themes emerged: experience of fear, relationship to fear, management of fear, and fear and self transformation. Participant’s experience of extreme sports was revealed in terms of intense fear but this fear was integrated and experienced as a potentially meaningful and constructive event in their lives. The findings have implications for understanding fear as a potentially transformative process.

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ID Code: 55275
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1177/1359105312446770
ISSN: 1461-7277
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 SAGE Publications Inc
Deposited On: 05 Dec 2012 02:21
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 16:35

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